Mathias Döpfner

“Freedom always was and always will be at the core of what we at Axel Springer stand for. Putin has declared war on that freedom. Defending it calls for courage, fortitude, optimism, and chutzpah – all qualities that Volodymyr Zelensky personifies. That makes him an inspiration, not only to his Ukrainian countrymen but to the entire democratic world. We are honored to confer the Axel Springer Award on Volodymyr Zelensky.”